Braving the freezing temperatures and snow, possibly hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists descended on the National Mall for the annual March for Life. 2013 marks 40 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision activists from all over the country arrived in Washington to attend the annual March for Life. This event occurs each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade; every year the attendance numbers on the National Mall are reported to be growing. The Hill reported last year's numbers were estimated to be about 400,000.
Leading up to Jan. 25, the annual march, which had been delayed from its customary date due to the presidential inauguration taking place, early estimates indicated 2013's event would be the largest ever.
“We’ve seen lots of markers that would show that [large turnout],” Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, told NBC Washington earlier in the week. “Our hotel block sold out a month in advance of what it’s ever sold out, and we’ve had more media requests than ever before, so we expect really record-breaking crowds.”
Officials say they no longer try to estimate the numbers of individuals attending, according to the Washington Post. The permit was for 50,000 people, but organizers of the march said the turnout was larger.
Additionally, each year more and more youth are attending the rallies and then participating in the march up Constitution Avenue that ends in front of the Supreme Court. "We are the Pro-Life Generation" is an emerging slogan.
And despite the frigid temperatures which remained below freezing all day, the turnout for 2013 was considerable.
Earlier in the week, dozens of abortion-rights activists assembled in front of the Supreme Court to celebrate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Is the tide turning in public opinion for Roe v. Wade? This likely depends on what poll you consider, as there is often conflicting information presented in these surveys. However, most polls typically indicate keeping abortion legal outweighs overturning Roe v. Wade.
While polls are frequently debatable in any given topic, one thing that is less so is the fact the crowds arriving each year in Washington during January appear to be growing.